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Nats Down Sheboygan

Posted by Steve Elliott at Jun 18, 2015 5:00PM PDT ( 0 Comments )

The Nationals were finally back on the field Thursday night after games lost due to weather.   Though not exceptionally sharp offensively, the team was efficient in capitalizing on scoring opportunities in a 5-3 win over the Sheboygan A's.    The victory left the Nationals atop the Wisconsin State League's North Division at 4-1 as well as the Langsdorf Nite League at 6-2.    Sheboygan dropped to 4-6 and 3-3 respectively.

Sheboygan got on the board first with a run in the second but the Nationals matched that on an RBI double by Curt Pryal.   The Nationals pushed across three more in the third inning on Nick Lingvay's bases loaded walk and Adam Karas' two out, two run RBI single.   A run in the sixth closed the scoring for the Nationals.   Kyle Kalkopf singled home Nick Lingvay with two outs.

Cody Griebling made his first start on the mound for the Nationals, going 7 strong innings and striking out 7 to earn the win.   Tyler Frohwirth threw the final two frames for the save.

Next up for the Nationals are important Wisconsin State League North Division games versus the Oshkosh Giants.  The two teams will square off on Sunday for a DH at Aaron Field in Milwaukee.  First pitch is set for 1pm. 

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Pewaukee Downs Nationals

Posted by Steve Elliott at Jun 10, 2015 5:00PM PDT ( 0 Comments )

Pewaukee jumped to an early 4-0 lead and withstood a number of Nationals comeback attempts en route to a 7-5 victory Wednesday night at Harvey Kuenn Field in West Allis.   The victory upped the Muskies Nite League record to 2-2; the Nationals fell to 5-2.

Despite a number of well hit balls, the Nationals were held to 5 hits on the night.  Key blows included Brian Huntzinger's 2 out RBI single in the second to put the Nationals on the board, and Jimmy Jungbauer and Paul Archambault's RBI singles in a 2 run sixth that narrowed the deficit to 7-5.

Curt Pryal went the first 4 plus innings and took the loss.   The Nationals bullpen on Tom Starck, Tyler Frohwirth, and Cody Griebling limited the Muskies to 3 hits and two unearned runs the rest of the way, striking out 7.

Next up for the Nationals are the Addison Braves in a Wisconsin State League matchup on Sunday.  The teams will play a DH at Kuenn Field.  First game begins at 2pm. 

The West Allis Nationals used an 8 run second inning to distance themselves from Pewaukee on Thursday night en route to an 8-3 Langsdorf Nite League victory.   The win left the Nationals atop the Nite League witha 5-1 record.   Pewaukee slipped to 1-3 in the standings.

Starting pitcher Joseph Wagner showed some rust in his season and Nationals debut, walking 4 and giving up three runs in the first inning.   However he settled in and followed that start with two scoreless frames.

Bob Herrick pitched two innings of scoreless relief to pick up his first win of the season.

Brian Huntzinger led the offense with a bases clearing double that put the Nationals ahead for good at 5-3. Drew Worth added 2 hits and 2 runs; Nick Lingvay contributed an RBI single and double. 

The Nationals have a break until next Wednesday when they face Pewaukee again.   Game will be played at Kuenn Field in Rainbow Park.  First pitch is set for 7:30pm. 

The Natties turned the page quickly on a sour performance in Sheboygan Tuesday night, downing the West Bend 7Up 15 -5 in an important Wisconsin State League/Langsdorf Nite League divisional contest.

The game shaped up early to be a low scoring pitchers duel, with West Bend starting Tyler Thicke and West Allis starting Jimmy Jungbauer.

That changed quickly, though, as West Bend's defensive lapses allowed West Allis to score 4 unearned runs in the second inning.   Compounding the early hole was the fact the Thicke's pitch count climbed quickly and he was forced to exit after only 4 innings of work.

The Nats added 3 more in the fifth and the team entered the latter innings with a comfortable 8-1 lead.

West Bend wouldn't go easily, however.   Jungbauer appeared to be in cruise control after getting a popout to start the bottom half of the 7th, but West Bend took advantage of some inopportune wildness and a couple of well placed knocks to post four runs and draw back to 8-5. 

West Allis responded with 3 runs in the eighth and 4 in the ninth to put the game out of reach.

Jungbauer earned the win with 7 strong innings and 10 strikeouts.  Newcomer Drew Worth shut the door, striking out 6 in the final two innings.

Curt Pryal led the offense with 3 hits and 3 RBI's.  Chad Tindall reached base 5 times and scored 3 runs.

Next up are the Pewaukee Muskies in Langdorf Nite League Action on Thursday at Kuenn Field at Rainbow Park in West Allis.  First Pitch is set for 7:30pm. 

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A's Outpunch Nationals in Wild Affair

Posted by Steve Elliott at Jun 2, 2015 5:00PM PDT ( 0 Comments )

Offense had been trending in recent Nationals / A's contests.   Tuesday night was no different as the host A's downed the Nationals 15-9.  

The Nationals loaded the bases in the first and threatened to push across the game's first tallies, but Curt Pryal's frozen rope was hit right at the left fielder to retire the side.

Not to worry, fans of offense....after a two run, two out single plated two first inning runs for Sheboygan, the A's erupted for seven more in the second to jump to an early 9-0 lead.   The Nats responded with the first of Matt Richer's four hits plating Kyle Kalkopf in the third, but the real excitement came in the fifth.

With two outs Matt Richer reached on an infield single.  After that, the next 7 Nationals reached base and when the dust cleared, Sheboygan's lead had been reduced to 9-8.   Curt Pryal (2 run single) Paul Archambault (RBI single) Jimmy Jungbauer (RBI single) and Kyle Kalkopf (3 run double) each delivered key blows.

Unfortunately for the visitors, Sheboygan responded with two runs of their own in the bottom half of the inning.   A three run sixth and single run seventh put the game away. 

The Nationals have no time mourn the loss with important league games in West Bend on Wednesday night and in West Allis (Kuenn Field) against Pewaukee on Thursday night.   First pitch for both games is set for 7:30pm.